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Historic Charleston, South Carolina

Beaches of South Carolina

South Carolina is bordered by Atlantic Ocean on its east. The climate is humid and sub tropical. The major cities of South Carolina are Charleston, Greenville and Columbia. South Carolina’s beaches are among the finest in the US. The Coasts of South Carolina are classified from North To South as follows:-

  1. Myrtle Beach and The Grand Strand
  2. Historic Charleston
  3. Low Country & Resort Islands

Myrtle Beach and The Grand Strand Beaches
The Grand Strand is home to an array of tourist attractions, and the area receives a large influx of visitors during the spring, summer and fall months, and “snowbirds” in the winter. It spans 60 miles of white sand beaches. The area’s attractions include its beaches and many golf courses, as well as a number of amusement parks, an aquarium, many restaurants and shopping complexes.

  1. Garden City Beach – has access to both Ocean and inlet. It is great for fishing crabbing and water sports. The majority of vacationers stay in beach houses or condos, and the community offers a marina, amusements, restaurants, a fishing pier
  2. Litchfield Beach – quiet and reserved when compared to Myrtle Beach. It has world class golf courses.
  3. Little River – It is a unique town offering slightly slower pace than rest of the Grand Strand.
  4. Murrells Inlet – historic fishing village and is known as the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina”. Murrells Inlet offers many recreational activities in a breathtaking inlet setting, including deep sea fishing charters, boat tours, individual boat rentals, scuba diving, kayaking, parasailing and jet skiing.
  5. Myrtle Beach The Hub of the Grand Strand and the Golf Capital of USA with over 250 golf courses.
  6. North Myrtle Beach
  7. Pawleys Island – heavily developed with 4 miles of beach and has classic style beach homes available for rental.
  8. Surfside Beach – lovely residential community and thriving vacation destination. There are beach houses, condos, restaurants and a fishing pier along the ocean front.


The Historic city of Charleston has lot of charm and beauty. It is well known for it’s tranquil beaches

  1. Folly Beach – closest beach to Charleston and is a great place with a Fishing Pier and Light House.
  2. Isle of Palms – Wild Dunes Resort is on the northern tip of the Island. Rest of the island is accessible to public and there are many sea side hotels and vacation rentals.
  3. Kiawah Island – Kiawah Island is a beach and golf resort located on a barrier island. It is a major tourist site and has expensive villas, premier golf courses and beautiful beaches.
  4. Seabrook Island – Private Beach and is accessible by Island Resorts.
  5. Bull Island – It is part of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. It is accessible by Passenger Ferry.

Lowcountry Beaches

Lowcountry is located along the southern most region of Coastal South Carolina. It also includes the Sea Islands of South Carolina. Sea Island are barrier islands on the Atlantic Ocean. The evolution of the modern day resort community was pioneered at Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head Island in the 1950s. The area is well known for golf, tennis and beach vacations.

  1. Edisto Island – Edisto Island is home to Edisto Beach, and Wyndham Timeshare resorts.
  2. Hilton Head Island – 12 miles of beach with many private resorts and public access to beaches.
  3. Hunting Island – 4 miles of beachfront along the Atlantic. It is the most visited State park in SC. Accommodations are available for Recreational Vehicles and Tent Campers.
  4. Fripp Island – 3 miles of beach front along Atlantic. It is relatively uncrowded in comparison to Hilton Head Island. It is a private, gated community.

Beach State Parks

There are 4 State Parks in South Carolina that are ocean front.

  1. Edisto Beach State park
  2. Hunting Island State Park
  3. Huntington Beach State Park
  4. Myrtle Beach State Park
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